Lake Merced Boathouse apparently too ugly to rent

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Not a single suitor tried to court the lonely Lake Merced Boathouse and now the opportunity has ceased.

So instead of asking the new managers renovate the known “eyesore” that has been vacant for eight years, The City agencies in charge of it will be the ones making the improvements.
 
The Recreation and Park Department issued a request for management proposals last year and wanted the new managers to do the dirty work, but that window expired Friday even with an extension.

Three rowing groups still lease the bottom floor of the 53-year-old building. However, the sports bar, restaurant, fish stock and bait owner upstairs left in 2003.

That was mainly because after years of droughts and development, the water hit a low, nearly killing the urban fishing hot-spot.

But since then, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has worked to restore the water, and the area around it is on the verge of a development overhaul.

Rec and Park is in charge of finding a vendor that will offer waterfront activities, but the SFPUC owns the land since the lake is an emergency water supply.

The two agencies will work together to figure out what to do next.

Rec and Park officials have been determined to preserve its charm and remodel the existing building while a SFPUC watershed report states that they should start anew.

“There’s no specific proposal, we’re just re-engaging,” said SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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